The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his
increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas,
chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner.
His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the
Roamers as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc
have made enemies for the people of Earth. Enemies that the
Hansa cannot afford. Not when Wenceslas is struggling
against revolt by soldier compies, who decimate the
military by stealing ships and slaughtering soldiers; and
betrayal by the Ildirans, led by Jora'h the Mage-Imperator,
who is secretly scheming with the hydrogues to annihilate
Now disparate factions of humanity must plan for their own
salvation. Worldtrees allied with humans on Theroc have
rallied hulking, thorny tree battleships. Roamers work with
powerful water entities, the wentals, to seed planets
everywhere with a growing force to challenge the hydrogues.
But when the final battle with the hydrogues is joined, who
will aid the people of Earth?